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CHARACTERISTICS OF THEATRICALLY TALENTED STUDENTS
  • Volunteers to participate in classroom plays or skits 
  • Easily tells a story or gives an account of some experience 
  • Effectively uses gestures and facial expressions to communicate feelings 
  • Is adept at role-playing, improvising, acting out situations 
  • Can readily identify himself or herself with moods of others
  • Handles body with ease and poise for his or her particular age
  • Creates original plays or makes up plays from stories 
  • Commands and holds the attention of a group when speaking
  • Is able to make people laugh, frown, feel tense, etc.
  • Can imitate others – mimic the way people speak, walk, gesture 

Theatre

Shannon Shea Bamburg, the Talented Theatre group leader, has been teaching for the Talented Arts Program since its inception in 2008.  She currently teaches at Airline, Haughton, and Parkway high schools and directs/choreographs all of the mainstage high school productions.  She grew up performing on stage with local theatre groups such as, Peter Pan Players, Shreveport Little Theatre, and the Performing Arts Center.  She has her Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from Centenary College and her Master of the Arts (specializing in directing children’s theatre) from Cal State in Los Angeles.  She taught various directing/acting/improv classes for the Theatre Arts and Dance department at Cal State while living in Los Angeles.  She has directed/choreographed for such groups as Jose Gonzalez’s equity traveling company in Los Angeles, Stella Adler Academy, Cal State LA, and Peter Pan Players.  Shannon is thrilled to work with such dedicated and talented students and staff.

Marissa Brown is a freelance lighting designer and has had the opportunity to work with many theatre companies in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Her lighting design credits include Buyer & Cellar, The Gin Game, and True West with River City Repertory Theatre, The Crucible and Jekyll & Hyde for Byrd High School, and The Rocky Horror Show and Bumped Off for East Bank Theatre. Marissa is the former Production Manager for Bossier Arts Council’s East Bank Theatre and currently teaches theatre for the Talented Arts Program in Bossier Parish Schools and teaches at Elm Grove Elementary and Middle, Curtis, Central Park, Sun City, Apollo, Benton Elementary, Carrie Martin, and W.T. Lewis.

Jeremy Ward is the main middle school talented theatre teacher, covering Cope, Greenacres, Rusheon, and Benton middle school.  He is originally from Lake Providence, La.  He relocated to Vicksburg, Mississippi. While in high school, his love for the performing arts were sparked at Faith Christian Center by Bobbie Heads. He is a 2009 theatre graduate of Jackson State University. Jeremy is an actor, director, writer and Drama teacher with the Bossier Parish Talented Arts Program. Jeremy has been in many plays including : Fences, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, Zooman and the Sign, The Marker, Gee's Bend, Michael A. King, To Kill a Mockingbird and many other plays. His first original play " A Christian's Tale" was produced December 20, 2014 at New Mt. Calvary Christian Center in Jackson, MS. Jeremy is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Jamie Kiihnl grew up on the stage performing with Peter Pan Players.  She has a degree in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University.  After graduating from college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked on several MTV film and television pilots.  She also taught acting courses at “A Cast of Kids”, a children’s acting company in Studio City.  When Hurricane Katrina moved film production to North Louisiana, Jamie moved “home” to work as a casting director and began teaching in the Talented Arts Program last year.  She currently teaches at Haughton Middle School, Bossier High, and Benton High.

Cherie Gray is a Shreveport native. She graduated from LSU-Shreveport where she received a B.A in history and B.A communications with an emphasis in theatre/speech. Cherie is a performing, visual, and literary artist. Cherie’s appreciation for the arts began as a child. She has a background in orchestra, jazz, blues and poetry. She has had the privilege to work with international and national artists. Kendra has a background on the stage and behind the scenes. They include: Ester Sherman in Academy Children’s Theatre-FAME-The Musical (2011), Ilona in Anatol (2012), Mindy-Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (2011), Medea (2009), A Salute to the Harlem Renaissance (2008), The Clean House (2008), Boston Marriage (2009). She toured with Carolyn Woosley’s Louisiana’s Women (2010) as Marie Thereze Coin Coin “mother of the creole people”. Other productions included, Indigo Blues (Livin’ Fat (2014) Popo and Fifina: Children of Haiti (2014) Meet Arna Bontemps (2015). She has worked on other private, academic, and community projects. Her most recent theatrical adventure is Journey to Harlem Tour Revue (2016). She enjoys singing and spending time with her daughter Chai.  She teaches the elementary students at Princeton, Platt, T.L. Rhodes, Stockwell, Kingston, Legacy, Kerr, Meadowview, Bellaire, Bossier, Waller, and Plantation Park.

Aiden Poling is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and is an active member of the SBC theatre scene, both onstage and off.  Aiden  a recent graduate of Centenary College, having earned his BA in both Theatre and Studio Art. He capped off his undergraduate career in the director's chair for Constellations by Nick Payne, which premiered at SRAC’s Central ArtSTATION in downtown Shreveport. Last summer, he made his acting debut with River City Repertory Theatre in their production of It's Only A Play (Gus P. Head), where he had the privilege of performing alongside Anne Lockhart and Blayne Weaver.  He is a familiar face on the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse stage; most recently, he performed along with Stage Cent for their production of Green Day’s American Idiot (Tunny).  A few of his other notable roles on the MLP stage include: The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket (Daniel), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfée), The Altruists (Ethan), Not About Nightingales (Canary Jim), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Himself), As You Like It (Touchstone), and Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah (Little Bat McLean). Aiden is excited to be teaching Talented Theatre to students at both Greenacres and Haughton Middle School this year.